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Gap apologises for incorrect China map

16 May 2018, 01:33 | Austin Hogan

GAP 'extremely sorry' for China map T-shirt which omits Taiwan and the South China Sea

China calls democratic Taiwan one of its provinces despite nearly seven decades of separate governance. The island was omitted from Gap's latest T-shirt design

Lee also reiterated the government's stance on the matter, asking the airline not to belittle Taiwan or damage its sovereignty and dignity by bowing to pressure from China.

The Montreal-based airline last June started a route between Vancouver and Taipei.

A spokeswoman for Transport Canada said by email on Tuesday the department had not received any requests from Air Canada for changes to Canadian policy on Taiwan, or for changes to the Canada-Taiwan air transport agreement.

The Chinese Civil Aviation Administration had sent a notice to 36 foreign airlines, including a number of USA carriers, on April 25, asking them to comply with Beijing's standards, according to the White House.

Air Canada is now negotiating a joint venture with Air China 601111.SS which the Canadian carrier has previously said is expected to be completed in the spring.

Beijing has pressured worldwide businesses to make changes to their websites that are outside China, prompting a clash with the government of the U.S.

Qantas Airways, United Airlines, American Airlines and Middle Eastern carriers Qatar Airways and Emirates Airline are among those that make no connection between Taiwan and China.

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Aside from Taiwan, Chinese troops marched into Tibet in 1950 to bring the region under Beijing's control.

Fashion brand Zara and Delta Air Lines drew Beijing's ire and apologized for listing Taiwan and/or Tibet as countries on drop-down menus on their websites.

USA clothing retailer Gap is the latest company to apologize to China for failing to reflect Beijing's territorial claims - on a map shown on a T-shirt for sale in North America.

Gap, in a statement posted on Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter, admitted that a Gap brand T-shirt sold in some overseas markets "mistakenly failed to reflect the correct map of China". China has been pressuring airlines around the world, including US carriers, to refer to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as part of China.

The U.S. company issued its apology on Weibo late Monday, saying it "respects the integrity of China's sovereignty and territory".

Gap's apology comes as China has been increasing efforts to police language used to describe Chinese-claimed territories such as Taiwan.

- With files from The Associated Press.



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